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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Club/Books I haven’t read from the ‘Classics’ Genre

toptentuesdayThis week is a little bit of a double headed in the Top Ten Tuesday stakes. I completely forgot to complete TTT last week, and was really disappointed in myself, so I have decided to make up for my memory loss this week and complete a double header!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
Firstly, I start with last weeks – Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club.
  1. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
  4. The BFG Roald Dahl
  5. Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
  6. Crash J G Ballard
  7. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
  8. Me Before You Jojo Moyes
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. Casino Royale Ian Fleming

I have slightly taken this to mean what I want it to here. There is a book on here (no. 6) that I have no interest in ever looking at again, but I would have liked to have read it with a book club to appropriately vent my, well I don’t know what, about it.

If I had thought more about the order these would have been easier to discuss!

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite book. I would love to be able to read this within a group of people who appreciate literature to get there take on the story, themes, brilliance of it. I loved The BFG as a kid, and I’d like to be able to reminisce about children’s literature and fantasies in a group that wouldn’t judge you for how ridiculous they are! Sherlock Holmes and James Bond are two of my favourite characters from books and from the screen, so it would be interesting to compare the individual stories, the varying adaptations, and whether everyone preferred them on screen or in print.

Lolita, The Diary of Anne Frank, Trainspotting, Crash, and Me Before You all have unsettling themes, or raise difficult questions, or are just outright shocking, and I think reading them as a group would allow the correct amount of discussion to go on, and allow me to air my views on these in a more constructive, less rant-y manner.

And then there is Gone Girl. This is basically so that someone can tell me what one earth happened. I think I am still confused by it, and I have see the film since.

Next, this weeks list – Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre. Right, before I post her,e I just want to add a little pointer. I have chosen ‘Classics’. It’s not really a genre, you know that, I know that, but it’s the selection of books that I haven’t read many of that I would most like to read more of, so I have run with it. Hey, it’s my list so I can do that, right?

  1. Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  2. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  3. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  4. Dracula Bram Stoker
  5. Emma Jane Austen
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
  7. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  9. The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
  10. The Strange case of Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

For the astute among you, yes, there are eleven books on this list. The last one is non-fiction, and I am not entirely sure whether falls into the Classics category. That said, I have wanted to read it since I was 14 but have never managed to do so. There is a reading challenge about reading a memoir, I think this would more than classify.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Club/Books I haven’t read from the ‘Classics’ Genre”

  1. I fully support all of these classics you should read, especially Frankenstein. If you want someone to talk to about them, you should let me know when you’re reading them and I can re-read and buddy read and all those fun things! If you want 😛 You’ve also inspired me to actually do this myself so I’m going to make a list of basically ‘classics I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never read whoops’.


    1. Thanks, I really do need to get reading them!As for a reading buddy, that offer is now permanently on ice until I pick one up, I won’t forget haha.

      I probably should make a list of all the classics I have never read, because the list is embarrassingly longer than this, but these are the ones I wanted to read first! You definitely should do it!


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